Go, Go, Go to GO Fest

Roanoke Go Outside Festival GO Fest

There are plenty of brand new things to do at the Roanoke Go Outside Festival this year.

The free three-day festival celebrating everything outdoors is Oct. 16-18 at River’s Edge. Headlining new events for 2015 is the Keen Timberworks Lumberjack Show, a band of flannel wearing, log rolling, and practical joking professional lumberjacks. The professional show includes plenty of things you might expect, such as axe throwing, speed climbing, and plenty of wood chopping, mixed in with some twists you may not see coming.

But that’s not all. Other additions include a bouldering wall (and shoe demos), a river clean up with United By Blue, an adult zone with activities and a lounging area just for those over 21. Add this to the lineup of activities and demos you have come to expect from GO Fest and there is more than you can do in a day. (So bring the tent and stay all weekend!)

GO Fest is more than just a festival. What began as a partnership between Roanoke Parks and Recreation and the Roanoke Regional Partnership as a way to engage the outdoors community has evolved into one of the premier outdoor festivals in the country.

The festival helps spur the economy and exposes people — in the Roanoke Region and from all over the country — to the great natural assets right here in our backyard. From mountains to rivers, GO Fest helps attract healthy working people to the area and some of the biggest names in the outdoors industry, which will be on site with gear for you to test out.

And while the focus of GO Fest is to have a lot of fun, it’s also a great opportunity to learn about outdoor initiatives happening in this community, conservation groups, trail building workshops, and opportunities to get involved.

Roanoke GO Outside Festival

  • When: Oct. 16-18 (Gates open Friday at 6 p.m.)
  • Where: River’s Edge
  • Cost: Everything is free with the exception of competitive races, food, and beer, thanks sponsors and vendors – so please support them.
  • Learn more: Map, schedule, and list of activities

Magazine Features Roanoke Region Breweries

Roanoke Region breweries are closing out Virginia Craft Beer Month with a cover story and spread in Virginia Craft Beer Magazine. 

A six-page spread, “Blue Ridge Breweries Light Up the Beer Way,” is devoted to the Blue Ridge Beerway, which covers Roanoke Region favorites Big Lick Brewing Company, Callaway Brewing Company, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Roanoke Railhouse, Soaring Ridge, Flying Mouse Brewery, and Parkway Brewing Company.

The publicity could provide an additional boost for regional breweries, which are coming off a booming summer — including three breweries which recently brought home top honors at the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest.

The magazine is on newsstands now and will be available through the end of September.

The magazine spread was also featured on WSLS.


Roanoke Museum Featured in Pinball News

Roanoke Pinball

The newly opened Roanoke Pinball Museum, located inside Center in the Square, is featured in the latest edition of Pinball News.

The trade website features pinball news and information from all around the world, and pinball reviewer Dan Marquardt liked what he saw:

pinball news“It was very nice to see the large number of kids playing their pins. I doubt most of them had ever even seen a pinball machine before. I was happy to see the museum bringing pinball machines to a new generation. …

“I really enjoyed my visit to the museum and hope to visit again to play all their classic pins.”

Roanoke Pinball Museum opened in June and is a hot spot for kids and kids at heart. With more than 50 machines to play, you can easily spend an afternoon – or day – playing classics games.

The museum is open daily (except Mondays) all summer and $10 admission gives you access to all the games. Annual memberships to the museum are also available.